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January 1, Pacuare 2 days

This is a fantastic trip!!! The river is incredible + the canopy tour was breath-taking! The food was great + the lodge was beautiful! Despite the rain, the guides did a wonderful job of making the trip unforgetable. I would strongly recommend this tour to all of my friends.

H. Rohloff

Houston , TX


February 2, 6-day Package

Mr. Montalvo and I wanted to send you this note to thank you for all the arrangements you made for our recent visit to Costa Rica . Everything was perfect. There was not one problem. Henry picked us up at the airport even though he had to wait for 2 hours because we were delayed. The Hotel Don Carlos was very nice. Johnny did an excellent job driving us to Monteverde and was very informative. The canopy tour and accommodations in Montverde were both very good. We had another nice drive to the boat on Lake Arenal and Sergio (?) was very helpful when we got to Arenal. The Arenal Paraiso was very nice and close to everything. We also enjoyed Tabacon. We took a tour to Cano Negro on our own which we also enjoyed. And, we were very pleased that you assigned Johnny to drive us back from Arenal to San Jose on Sunday. He even offered to come very early the next morning to take us to the airport. Johnny is a real asset to your agency. Please tell him thank you for us.

We have recommended your services to our friends and family who are now very enthused about visiting Costa Rica . In fact, my cousin and his wife who go to Africa for 6 weeks every year are going to change their plans and go to Costa Rica . He wants to be a nature guide somewhere like the rain forest. Any suggestions for him?

Thank you again for all your efforts in our behalf. We hope to return again to your beautiful country.

Charles Smith

New York , NY


February, 4-day Package

Thanks Ana for your note.

I just wanted to extend a very gracious thank you. When we had a difficult problem while on vacation, you came to our rescue and assisted us with a situation that was very difficult for us to solve. There were language barriers, a very troubling situation and we were not sure what to expect in terms of resolution.

MJ tells me what a pleasure you were to work with. We wanted to acknowledge your extra effort, your charming personality, your dedication to your customers and your professionalism.

With much gratitude,

Brian Mell, PMP

Global Project Executive, Cisco GSD

IBM Global Services

San Francisco , CA


Ana, We are back home in California now, but are forever changed from our travels to your amazing country. Costa Rica must be what the rest of the world was like before man messed it up.

Brian & I are very grateful to you for arranging our trip, transfers, and tours, but in particular for taking control of the situation of our unfortunate stay at Si Como No. The Hotel Parador was every bit as beautiful as Si Como No. We were just so glad that we had arranged the whole trip through your company rather than on our own, because in a situation like that, we probably would have been out of luck. Your compassion and understanding were such a relief.

The Sansa flight was invigorating‚ and makes for good travel stories. And please give the highest report to Henry, our driver from the private transfer service who took us out to Manuel Antonio on Tuesday night, and brought us back to the Intercontinental Friday‚ we were happy to see him at the Sansa terminal!

It was a pleasure doing business with you!

Kind regards,

Mary Jane & Brian Mell


January 9, Pacuare 2 days

All of the guides were excellent. Everyone was extremely friendly, especially Louis and George. Great trip and the food was wonderful. Many thanks to Thomas (Tommy) for the warm welcome and great food. The photographer was also very kind and took a lot of great pictures. Thanks to everyone for doing a wonderful job and giving us a wonderful trip. P.S. Is there anything Louis can not do?

Kurt Ross

Ladner B.C. Canada


January 12, Pacuare 2 days

This was one of the best days of my life. Mauricio was a fantastic guide. He was a great fun loving personality and very knowledgeable and professional. I am recommending this company and river to everyone at my company (America West Airlines). Thank you very much and I wish you a prosperous business!

Celeste Willford

Phoenix , AZ


February 10, Pacuare 1 day

Mauricio was a fantastic guide. Our raft had tons of fun. He made sure we were safe and enjoying the adventure. FANTASTIC!

Sandy Repic

Cochrane , AB


February 12, Pacuare 2 days

It was an incredible experience to stay at the Pacuare Lodge. It was more than I could ever immagine. I had a wonderful time and will definitely be back!

Wendy Mc Nally


AMAZING! We are counting the days until our return!

!Hasta Luego!

Seam Mc Nally

Fredericksburg, VA


February 13, Pacuare 2 days

El cocinero del Campamento fue increible, su disponibilidad hizo la experiencia inolvidable para mi y mi amiga. En general, instalaciones y el resto del personal fueron muy profesionales y agradables. Muchas gracias por una experiencia increible.

Jofra Rosero

Miami, FL


February 22, Arenal Volcano 2 days

Hi Grettel,

Just to thank you for your help. My son phoned last night, and the

bike trip was wonderful! He had such a great time. He loves Costa Rica

and the kind and helpful people he is meeting there. Hope I get there

someday too!

Thanks again!




February 23, Pacuare 3 days

The staff on the entire trip was excellent. The lodge was beautiful – like paradise. I would recommend it to everyone.

Angela Strong

Phoenix , AZ


February 24, Pacuare 2 days

More cerveza! For free!

Had a wonderful time. Such a great experience! The guides treated us like royalty – very helpful, knowledgeable, polite, funny ... Would recommend this to anyone. Thanks for the great time and memories that will last a lifetime!

Marylyn Rogers

St. Louis , M


March 4, Pacuare 2 days


The crew was amazing, helpful, fun and full of information. Very knowledgeable about the river and area. I loved the facilities - so natural. I hope it always stays that way: very rustic. I can't say enough about the crew. Fantastic. I will definitely recommend the tour to others and will be back again.

Michelle Ulrich

North Vancouver , BC


March 8, Pacuare 3 days

I had an unbelievable time. My special dietary needs were handled very well, and the guides were exceptional with their knowledge & understanding of Costa Rica . I loved how I got to spend some time bonding with the guides and everyone else, and had an opportunity to share their sense of humor and good hospitality. Five stars. Thanks for everything !

Nate Curulla

West Haven , CT


March 10, Pacuare 3 days

Alex was a terrific guide - personable and fun. Thomas did a great job preparing our meals. Kurt was most helpful to find birds and tell us about them. Everyone made a difference. We loved our cabin and will whole heartedly recommend AN to our friends. Thanks to Andres for a memorable "water" hike ! I felt like a kid sliding down the big rock and painting my face with stone paint - and I'm 57 !

Jerry & Kathleen Sovell



March 10, Pacuare 2 days

It exceeded all my expectations and was the highlight of my trip in Costa Rica . You do an excellent job, keep it up. There is nothing I can fault and I'll recommend this to many of my friends. Thank you for showing me this beautiful part of your country.


Kelsey Wheeler

Whitehorse Yukon Territory , Canada


March 10, Pacuare 2 days

This was a perfect trip, the staff, the lodge and the river was everything and more than what we could have expected. Costa Rica is an amazing country and it is evident that its' citizens take great pride in it which makes experiencing it from an outside that much more impressive. Do what ever it takes to keep this beautiful river DAM FREE. I need to go back to work to save up vacation so I can come back and do this again !!! Cant wait to come back ! Thanks again for a great trip. The mark of a great company is it's employees, they are great - you should be very proud of the work the whole team does.

Colette D'Ambrosio

Boise , ID


March 15, Pacuare 2 days

It was amazing. It was like being transported to a fantasy land. The staff & facilities were excellent. We would love to come again.

Vicki Freede

Missouri City , TX


March 17, 18-day Itinerary

I just wanted to let you know how appreciative we are at the way our trip was handled. Except for one glitch (a late pick up on the river trip) our transfers were perfect with no waiting. All of your people were very courteous and friendly; they really made us feel welcome. All of the places we stayed were very nice - quite a diversity. However, we probably would look for other places in Tortuguero (Pachira was a little too touristy), Arenal (Montana del Fuego is changing the character to their lodge by their room additions), and Monteverde (again, beautiful rooms and views, but too touristy). Bahia Paraiso has changed ownership and plans to expand to a high end resort ($400/night was discussed); that would be a shame. Anyway, we loved your country (except for the road from Monteverde), and plan to travel again there real soon. Thanks for your help!

John & Sandra Ray

Littleton , CO


March 24, 5-day Itinerary

Hello Grettel,

Just a quick note to tell you how much we enjoyed the trip you organized for us to Costa Rica . It went off without a hitch (except our departure was delayed by Cayman Airways). All of our tours were excellent and right on time. Thanks so much for your help. We LOVED the Paquare Lodge and will be back again soon.

Best wishes,

Shawn Wilcox

Grand Cayman , Cayman Islands


March 28, Pacuare 2 days

We had an absolutely great time. Very pleasantly surprised by the excellent quality of meals at the lodge. The bungalows were great. Overall a great experience we will never forget. Thanks to Grettel for such prompt correspondence via e-mail.

Neal Kelly

Vancouver , Canada


March 31, 10-day Itinerary

Dear Grettel

I just wanted to let you know that we returned safely to Bermuda and that we had a great time in your country (although we couldn't see the volcano...). Everything turned out just perfect, and we greatly appreciated your flexibility and understanding in relation to our "special" requests. Especially I want to thank you, Illona and the river rafting guides - we will recommend you to everyone we can here in Bermuda ! We'll be back to check out the Pacific side!

Very best regards,

Fabian Schonenberg

Warwil, Bermuda


April 1, 10-day Itinerary

Hello Grettel,

Gusta and I and the Gerber party are safely back home after one of the most wonderful trips of our lives. This is due to wonders of Costa Rica , its people, culture, social calm, natural beauty and resources and pleasant attitude of the tour operators – like everybody in this office. We had a chance to meet the owner – Roberto – in Pacuare and we told him the same thing.

As I mentioned before – we’re travel agents ourselves – so watch out for many clients we’ll try to send your way, Grettel.

We appreciate again and again the work you’ve done.

Leonard Pickman

San Francisco , CA


April 2, Pacuare 3 days

I really loved this tour. Pacuare Lodge was beautiful - so wild + remote. yet clean + comfortable. The staff was very professional and friendly and the meals were healthy and delicious. I enjoyed the challenges of the canopy tour and rafting trip and appreciated their encouragement. It was also nice getting to know the other travelers. Thank you very much and keep up the great work !

P.S. I also really like the fact that your company supports the Cabecar people and educates visitors about them. Keep it up !

Arasmia Hanna

West Orange , NJ


April 2, Pacuare 3 days

I loved being so remote and so far removed from everything. The staff and guides were excellent and very helpful. The setting was beautiful and relaxing. The food was spectacular. I enjoyed every minute.

Alice Hanna

Parkside , Australia


April 3, Pacuare 2 days

I am so glad we began our trip in Costa Rica with the Pacuare Adventure. If we had to leave today I truly feel that I have experienced Costa Rica with the trip. What a TRIP !!

Jean Malay

New Dorham , NH


April 6, Pacuare 2 days

We enjoyed our entire experience with you. We really weren't informed about what the trip would entail - everything was a pleasant surprise even though we'd have liked being a little more prepared. We loved the lodge + grounds - food was great - We'd have loved to stay a few days ! Kurt is an excellent guide for flora + fauna - He knows a lot and has a perfect personality for sharing it - The hike was great + would have enjoyed birding if we'd brought binoculars - Didn't realize we could use them on a river trip -

Gary Jenkins

Woodlands, TX


April 11, Pacuare 2 days

Thank you very much to all of the crew. You spoiled us ! We fell in love with the Pacuare Lodge & river. Your services & crew are impossible to top !

Colin Waller & Dawn Sullivan

Seattle , WA


April 12, Pacuare 2 days

WOW! A paradise in the jungle ! The staff was friendly, the food was fabulous and you can't beat the natural beauty all around you. I will recommend this tour to anyone coming to Costa Rica .

Stephanie Bergsma

Tucson , AZ


Abril 16, 8-day Itinerary

Hi Grettel

Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our trip to Costa Rica . I will certainly recommend your services to any of my friends who would like to visit. My grandson especially liked the monkeys, which came right down to the boat at Manuel Antonio. He also enjoyed the nature walks, and the hot springs and ATV trip at Arenal.

Best wishes.

George Hardman

Sherborn, Massachusettes , USA .


April 21, 4-day Itinerary


I just wanted to let you know what a great time we had on our trip to Quepos. You did a great job. Thank you! We will recommend you to

anyone we can.

Thanks again,

Theresa Davenport

Texas . USA


April 26, Pacuare 2 days

This has been the best tour I have taken in Costa Rica . I will be back again and I will recommend this tour to my friends. All of the employees of this company are friendly and helpful. 2 of the owners Roberto and Daniel were extremely accommodating and friendly also. I'm disappointed only in that I did not receive a picture while on the raft. The photographer never showed up.

Timothy A. Griese

Tustin , CA


April 26, Pacuare 2 days

This experience was incredible, the rafting, the lodge, the hikes and the guides and staff. Laura was a great guide in the river. The honeymoon lodge was lovely. Also, Ana María, at Aventuras Naturales was great handling the reservation for us. The only thing that was disappointing was not to have any pictures with the raft in the river. Thank you and the overall experience was excellent !

Barbara Echeverria

Los Angeles , CA


May 1, Pacuare 2 days

We felt very lucky to happen into this tour. Alex is very smart & capable. He took care of us & supported the Pacuare Lodge well. We were very happy with Pacuare Lodge, very clean & peaceful, and the cooking was world class chef. Outstanding !

Linda & John Rich



May 1, Pacuare 2 days

This was a great adventure. The guides were very good explaining the trip. The lodge was fun and everyone went out of their way to make sure we had a great time. The hike to the waterfall at the lodge was really fun. We loved the swimming stop on day 1 and the waterfall stop on day 2 ! Excellent !!!

Susan Young

Fairport , NY


May 5, Pacuare 2 days

We initially spent 2 days at lodge - what a great experience. Good food, wonderful rooms. Don't ever change the lodge. We were rained out and had to land-transport out. The changes were handled professionally and everyone worked hard to ensure we were happy. The sales desk handled the refunds for tours and rafting very quickly and professionally. A well run operation!!

Terry Clayton

Vancouver , Canada


May 5. Pacuare 2 days

The entire tour far exceeded my expectations. The guides and the staff at Pacuare Lodge are all very friendly. The first-class service felt great. Thank you for being so professional and courteous. I love the guides; I love the Lodge; I love this trip.

Andres Moran

Miami , FL


May 6, Pacuare 1 day

First of all, the Holiday Inn Travel agent should have communicated about all the food ! I woke up extra early to eat a big breakfast...then we stop for breakfast ! That's OK...I ate again ! Trip was awesome !! Mauricio was great ! I enjoyed the whole experience. They made it a lot of fun battling between rafts, etc. The only thing Mauricio needs to remember is not everyone speaks Español - a couple times him & some of my fellow riders would be talking & talking - but I couldn't understand ! Otherwise, it was perfect ! Great having Alex the photographer capturing it all too ! Thanks !

Bryan Mitchell

Oakland Park , FL


May 17, Pacuare 3 days

Alex was an amazing guide ! He was full of energy, responsible, and great fun all at the same time. This is one of the best times I've had in my life. I also loved Jorge's cooking. And Luis was wonderful - sweet and much fun. Thank you so very much for this wonderful time.

Kia Mclean

Pittsburg , PA


May 21, Pacuare 2 days

The entire tour was great, I wouldn't change anything. I didn't know what to expect and what I got was the best experience ever ! The scenery and swimming was great as were the rapids and variety of levels. The guides pointed out many things that we wouldn't have seen or know, they were very helpful in that area too ! All together it was an amazing impression of Costa Rica !

Carolina Andrade

Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada


May 21, Pacuare 2 days

The guides were very helpful and knowledgeable. They were able to provide us with an exciting experience while maintaining a safe environment and provide us with interesting facts about the animals, jungle, etc. Overall this was an incredible experience. This will certainly not be the last time I visit Pacuare Lodge !

Sebastian Andrade

Halifax Nova Scotia , Canada


May 27, Pacuare 3 days

It was simply wonderful! The entire experience from booking with Grettel through the river take out, we were treated professionally and with care. We will be back and will recommend you to friends.

Katherine & Ken Andrews

Alpharetta , GA


May 30, Eternal Honeymoon Package

Hi Grettel! We just wanted to thank you and all of the staff at Aventuras Naturales for making our honeymoon such an amazing experience. It started when Marvin picked us up at the airport, he went above and beyond from that point forward suggesting fabulous places to eat and telling us all about Costa Rica . Our hotel in San Jose , the Grano de Oro was charming and the service was great. Probably the very best part of the entire trip was the Pacuare Lodge; the rafting was a blast, the canopy tour was exhilarating, the honeymoon suite was breathtaking, and the FOOD was beyond description. (George, the chef, outdid himself every meal). And last but not least our guides Chamo and Alex who made every day we were there so much fun we wanted to stay forever! From there we went on to Arenal and the Tabacon hot springs . What an experience, we loved every minute of the 2 days we stayed in La Fortuna. Monteverde was next on our itinerary and we are so glad you added this stop. Santa Elena is such a cute little town filled with the most genuinely friendly people you could meet. We also loved our hotel, the El Sapo Dorado where the food was excellent and our little cabin in the woods was great for relaxing. Finishing off the trip in Tamarindo on the beach was a perfect choice. The hotel Cala Luna was unforgettable, the pool, the hotel, the beach, all were spectacular. We had such an wonderful time and we owe it all to you. Every transfer from location to location was on time and all of the drivers were courteous and friendly. This trip was completely stress and complication free from beginning to end, just as a honeymoon should be. This was our first trip to Costa Rica and it will definitely not be our last! Thank you all so very much,

Mandi and Kenneth Mockler

Montreal , Quebec




June 7, Pacuare 2 days

This trip was amazing. The staff was excellent, the food was amazing & the cabins were perfect. I enjoyed each second of this trip. And I’ll be back when I learn Spanish! And Alex was Awesome! Thank you.

Gillian Salvador



June 11, Pacuare 1 day

This river trip exceeded my expectations in every way. Our guide was intelligent and helpful, and funny. We’ve gone rafting in the U.S. before and this trip was truly the most professionally operated, and the scenery incomparable. We will recommend this company again and again. Thank you.

Deborah k. Greenberg

M. Shores, FL


June 17, Pacuare 2 days

Please get this to the wonderful people at the Pacuare Lodge. My family and I spent 9 days in Costa Rica and the 2 days we spent rafting, and at your pristine bungalow hideaway were the highlight of our trip. Our guides were Mauricio and Harold (or Harrell). They were skilled at their jobs but a lot of fun to be around and they made our trip really great. Also, Cookie and his wife Rosita are an absolute priceless addition to your beautiful place. I have eaten in many outstanding restaurants around the world but their meals were “5 star” by any criteria! When we come back to Costa Rica , and we will, because it is a beautiful country with gracious people, we will come back and raft and extend our trip to 3 days with all of you. Again, thank you for the perfect experience. There just aren’t enough adjectives out there to describe what a great experience you all offer.


Vivian Hasbrook

Oklahoma City , OK

Forwarded by Corp


June 19, Pacuare 2 days

The Pacuare River rafting trip is the best I have ever been on. The canyons we pass through & the mountains reaching above the river are enchanting. The Chef was amazing, serving four star restaurant dinners in the midst of a rainforest was surreal - I loved it!

Jacqueline Blais

Oakland , CA


June 19, Adventure Package

Hello Grettel, We just made it home. Just wanted to write to say thank you for everything. We truly enjoyed your country and loved our stay. We look forward to booking another trip to raft when the water is high. We will contact you when we are ready to come back. Thank you again for taking care of all the details for us.


Nicole and Keith



June 21, 6 day itinerary

Hi Grettel,

I told some friends about the lovely trip you arranged for us and the excellent arrangements.

Surrsh Gobhardan and his family are interested to do a trip in December and will contact you soon.

Please extend them your kind courtesies.

Best regards,

Vijay J. Kirpalani

Paramaribo , Republic of Suriname


June 22, Pacuare 3 days

This was all fantastic. Everyone is so nice & kind. Alex is the greatest guide one could have. I can’t say enough on how excellent & fun & kind Alex is. A great place to stay. The food is incredible, beyond all expectations! Truly a trip of a lifetime. I recommend it to anyone.


Castle Rock, CO


June 25, Pacuare 3 days

The trip was spectacular. The guides were very knowledgeable. The food was out of this world. Your staff were kind and helpful. The only trouble is I can’t do it again next week.

Trudy Torrence

La Habra, CA


June 26, Pacuare 2 days

The Pacuare lodge was the best experience I have had in Costa Rica . The guides really made the experience fun. The actual lodge was beautiful, I’ve never seen anything like it. The food was so delicious and served in the perfect proportions. I’m definitely going to return.

Jacquelyn Muga

Highland , CA


June 28, Pacuare 3 days

Just wonderful! All of the staff were very helpful and very friendly. Fernando’s guidance on horseback was fabulous! Luis was amazing in the canopy. Esteban is by far one of the best guides I have ever had! His knowledge and experience is priceless – thank you so much Esteban! Five star trip!!

David Brown

Atlanta , GA


June 29, Pacuare 2 days

This was one of the best trips we have ever been on. You are truly the best and your staff is superb!

Sue Gannett

Fort Collins , CO


July 1, Pacuare 1 day

This was such an amazing experience! Cholo made the trip outstanding. He was very experienced which made me feel safe and enjoy the trip. Swimming near waterfalls was a highlight. I could not have had a better time. Pura Vida, Siempre!

Piper Duarte

Dallas , TX


July 2, Pacuare 1 day

This was the highlight of my trip. The service was excellent and the scenery was A-1 Grade. The guides were very friendly and professional. All around from beginning to end was exhilarating. Best part of my trip to Costa Rica .

Roy Silverthorne

Winterville , NC


July 3, Pacuare 3 days

Wonderful trip. Hospitality unmatched.

Priscilla Roose Carver

Washington , DC


July 3, Pacuare 3 days

I was very impressed with Aventuras Naturales high degree of concern for quality of the environment, the local community and service to their guests. The trip surpassed my expectations and I was very grateful for all the knowledge the guides communicated about the country, the river and the rainforest. Thank you!

Gina Sheesley

Wenham , MA


July 4, Pacuare 1 day


Matt & Tifani Burton

Ogden , UT


July 4, Pacuare 1 day

Realmente fue más de lo que yo esperaba. El guía no solo era profesional y conocía mucho, pero también era lo más amigable. En realidad mi familia hemos recorrido muchos ríos y este fue uno de los mejores viajes que hemos hecho. Hasta ya estamos planeando la próxima excursión. Pura Vida – Muchas Gracias

Ryan Robinson

Ogden , UT


July 5, Pacuare 2 days

Excellent!!! I will recommend it to all my friends. Pacuare Lodge is Paradise on Earth!

Greg Walling

East Bernard , TX


July 6, Pacuare 3 days

Awesome! Guide was fun (so much) yet safe. Always comfortable, lodge staff was great & friendly. The trip was so good that we extended our 2-day trip to 3 days. Would have stayed longer if we could have. All my friends will hear about it.

Leigh Anne Boouquid

Flower Mound, TX


July 7, Pacuare 2 days

1) Very friendly staff

2) A great time to spend time in the rainforest in luxury!

3) Honeymoon Suite – Great!

4) Canopy – Very scary but exhilarating.

5) Food – Fantastic

6) Cocktails – Even better

7) A great place to relax, chill out.


Wish we could have stayed longer!

Karen O’Malley

Norfolk , U.K.


July 10, Pacuare 2 days

I think that the Pacuare lodge and its staff is wonderful. Very kindly, and expert each on in his job. Next time I’ll come back to Costa Rica be sure that I’ll contact with Aventuras Naturales and Pacuare lodge again. Thank you for this wonderful experience. No a las represas!

Merce Contreras

Barcelona, Spain


July 11, Pacuare 2 days

The lodge is fabulous & the stay was worth it. I was here two years ago and was happy to see that the grounds and integrity of the eco-lodge were not changed significantly. Please – No electricity! Our jungle hike was incredibly informative, and thanks to Curt, I feel I know much more about the organisms in this rainforest. Our river guides were also knowledgeable & I felt safe in their expert hands – Thanks!

Lauren Creaves

Chicago , IL


July 12, Pacuare 2 days

I’ve been rafting before, but this was by far the best trip I’ve ever taken. The guide was very friendly, answered all our questions, explained everything very clearly, = we always knew what to expect on the river. Much thanks to Jose Luis for helping me when I fell out! I always felt safe, never worried. All the facilities were clean and the food = excellent. This trip was worth every penny! It was also the best part of my trip. Costa Rica is beautiful. Thank you! Pura Vida!

Jessica Loberg

Davis , CA


July 16, Pacuare 2 days

I greatly appreciate the friendliness & professionalism of all your staff. This has been one of the most enjoyable experiences of our visit to Costa Rica . I will Absolutely Recommend this tour to friends visiting & living in San José . Thank you very much!

Maite Oca

Miami , FL


July 19, Pacuare 2 days

Dear Grettel: Although you communicated most frequently with my friend Melissa, I truly

wanted to thank you for the wonderful travel itinerary you provided for my

five-day stay in your country. Only two words can sum up my experience:

PURA VIDA! I have highly recommended your company to many friends and will

share my pictures with my new classes of high school juniors. I hope the pictures could capture the unique and beautiful landscapes protected in your country.

Many thanks,

Gladys Rodriguez

English Teacher

Miami , Florida


July 22, Pacuare 2 days

This was the best rafting trip I’ve been on. It was full of action and very beautiful. I always felt very safe & that we had knowledgeable guides. All the facilities were so nice and CLEAN!! It was a wonderful trip & well worth the money! Thank you! The Best part of my Costa Rica trip!!

Alia Hansen

Walnut Creek , CA


July 28, Pacuare 2 days

Wow, I had a great time. The 2 day Nature adventure was awesome. The hike to the water falls were gorgeous. We have to go again. Thanks for all the fun.

Jaimy Johnson


July 29, Pacuare 3 days

It was without a doubt the most fabulous way to end our stay in Costa Rica . The river rafting was so exhilarating and fun and will be a much talked about event for years to come. The lodge was beautiful and the quality of the food was incredible. The entire trip was enjoyable with the friendly and knowledgeable guides. Thank you for the wonderful trip!

Allec Allen

Kirkland , WA


August 1, Pacuare 2 days


I definitely want to come back again, make people discover it…maybe come back in the honeymoon suite!! Special thanks for the great food, Kurt’s hike in the garden and Esteban’s help in the boat.

Derenx Charlotte

Paris , France


August 2, Pacuare 2 days

It was so awesome. I’ve never had so much fun before in my life. Muy Bien!

Michelle Demko

Center, CO


August 2, Pacuare 2 days

Just an awesome experience. Friendly guides, great interpersonal skills make this a must see trip when in Costa Rica . There will never be enough words to describe how great the trip is. Just Do It!

Eric Pepper

Unasville , CT


August 3, Pacuare 2 days

It was one of the greatest places I’ve stayed. Our guide was awesome and he answered all our questions. It was a great place to stay and the food was exquisite. The whole staff is friendly and fun to be around! It was a great adventure.

Lauren Van Berklee

MCAllen , TX   


August 8, Pacuare 4 days

This place will be a part of us forever! Every aspect of the experience added to the memories we will have of our honeymoon. Thanks for the memories!

Gregory L. Mcpartlin

Alexandria , VA


August 9, Pacuare 3 days

Alex was an excellent guide. He was kind and friendly. On the river, he was a fun guide, but I felt absolutely safe at all times. The facilities were beautiful and the food was spectacular – worth every cent!

Ian Davis



August 9, Pacuare 3 days

This was an amazing experience! Every aspect of our trip exceeded expectations. The food was gourmet and delicious. It was of the highest quality including wonderful fruit and beef tenderloin. My compliments to the Chef! All of the staff was very courteous and helpful. The accommodations were great and private. The beds and pillows were very comfortable. Alex, our guide was friendly and accommodating. He made our trip all the more enjoyable. I felt very safe on the river with him as our guide. Our only complaint is that we were not told ahead of time to bring small day bags so we brought all of our luggage. Other than that, our entire was wonderful & not to be forgotten! We highly recommend this company without reservation. Gracias,

Katie Davis



August 10, Pacuare 2 days

Thrilling, beautiful, and fun. Can’t imagine a better trip: The highlight of our Costa Rica vacation.

Dan Farrow

Silver Spring , MD


Agust 10, Pacuare 2 days

Tour was extremely well thought out with great attention to detail. Comfort and safety of the guests obviously very important.

Theresa Burns

Medfield , MA


August 13, Pacuare 2 days

Alex was very fun. We had 12 and 14 year old kids and they liked his jokes and natural up beat attitude. I felt safe on the canopy tour and on the river. I will recommend this trip to my friends. The chef at the lodge was fabulous. Cookie rocks.

Teresa Trowbridge

Los Altos , CA


August 14, Pacuare 3 days

The tour was Great, food was excellent and all of the staff were beyond friendly. But the part of the trip that most created a total experience was our guide. He took us to places and showed us things in the area that we would never have seen or understood without his help. And although it was always fun and light-hearted, he was very professional when it came to our safety & well being. One of the best experiences I’ve had on vacation.

Tom Gilbert

Bala Cynwyd , PA


August 14, Pacuare 3 days

This was the most amazing adventure I have taken yet. I came to celebrate my 40th birthday & had such a great time. I have to say I was a little intimidated at the thought of traveling to Costa Rica . I knew nothing of the country. I never expected it to be as friendly and relaxing. I felt so close to our guide I felt as if he were more of a friend & wanted him to sit with us during our meals instead of serve us. I left with him my monkey & he left with me memories of an experience of a lifetime! Thanks.

Monica McVey

Bala Cynwyd , PA


August 15, Pacuare 3 days

Ingrid was very friendly and accommodating; Laura was an excellent river guide. Alex was a lot of fun; and Chea has a big heart. Your staff made our experience the best it could be. Thanks!

Maureen Calhoun

Phoenix , AZ


August 16, Pacuare 3 days

Everything from start to finish was fantastic! Esteban was very informative and felt more like a friend than a guide. The Canopy Tour was worth the price of the trip in itself. The food was great, the staff was friendly and personable. I only hope you don’t expand the LODGE too much and lose that personal feel because I felt like I was a celebrity.



Jennifer Sullivan

Bala Cynwyd, PA


August 16, Pacuare 2 days

Tour was good fun. Used opportunity as bonding Adventure with my children. Location was perfect setting for adventure.

John Freudenthal

Lauren Holiway

Alyssa Holiway


August 16, Pacuare 2 days

I had a great time! At first I was worried and nervous but when I knew that the guides had a good control of everything, I was great. I had never done anything like this before. I’m glad I got to do it here in Costa Rica with you guys. The meals were great! Thanks for a great adventure!

Alyssa Holiway


August 17, Pacuare 2 days

Amazing Trip. Exceeded expectation. Great Adventure, great hospitality, fun & friendly atmosphere. Fantastic trip down the river with Esdras. Only regret is that we didn’t plan to stay longer.

Davis & Chenye Bell

Cumming , GA   


August 18, Pacuare 2 days

I had a blast and always felt safe. It is definitely a trip I’ll never forget and that’s all thanks to the wonderful guides & crew and everyone else on the trip. I also loved the way everyone bonded on the trip. It was really a neat experience & I’m glad I got to experience it!

Lauren Holiway

Charlotte , NC


August 18, Pacuare 3 days

I have never rafted before, but this was an amazing adventure that I will never forget. The food and the lodging was impeccable. The guides were amazing. I hope that I can come back and have another amazing time in the near future.

Paul Newling

Bremerton , WA


August 18, Pacuare 3 days

Our voyage was beyond imaginable. Very well organized and the “training” was very throughout. Esteban was warm and informative while maintaining a very professional demeanor. The lodge was phenomenal. The waterfalls divine. The food superb. The personnel extremely hospitable. 2 of our tour left early and Esteban accommodated my son and I by taking us solo. He taught us well, kept us focused, and gave us the most incredible trip ever. I’d recommend this group to all! I hate to have it end so soon. Big hugs to all!

Janet Raventos

Keyport , WA


August 18, Pacuare 3 days

Roberto and Daniel were excellent & very courteous to help us book reservations for a hotel & car. Thank you very much. All the guides were nice and helpful – great attitude. The meals at the lodge were absolutely amazing – 5 star! Will be back in the future. Luis at the lodge was an excellent guide for hikes & he was cute too!

Lee-Anne Thoms

W. Bridgewater , MA


August 19, Pacuare 2 days

An overall excellent adventure, great from start to finish. Friendly professional guides, comfortable lodge with very good food. This people really care, and made the trip am experience to last a lifetime.

Andrew Tarn

Ft. Myers


August 20, Pacuare 2 days

I have rafted in Bali , Thailand , Guatemala among other and I found this river the most beautiful + the most fun. We cannot wait to come back and stay at the lodge even longer. See you soon.

Carolyn Sommers


September 5, Pacuare 2 days


Jose Faria

Plantation , FL


September 5, Pacuare 2 days

Every aspect of the trip was excellent. From the punctuality of the pickup, to the expertise and great treatment of our guides, to the gourmet delicious incredible food from the lodge. Everyone involved made it a perfect trip. Would recommend it to everybody. Costa Rica has beautiful Nature but the people of Costa Rica Nature Adventures made it even more special. Thank you very much.

Carolina Servigna

Plantation , FL



September 5, Pacuare 2 days

Hola Ana Maria,


Quería darte las gracias por tu ayuda con la reservación del tour de rafting y a la vez felicitar a todo el equipo de Aventuras Naturales por su excelencia en el servicio que ofrecen y la atención al cliente. Gracias a ti, nuestros guias Edras, Mario, Luis y Carlos, los cocineros del lodge, Orlando y todos los que estuvieron envueltos en hacer que nuestras vacaciones en Costa Rica y nuestro tour de rafting fueran inolvidables.


Definitivamente regresaremos a Costa Rica porque es un pais hermoso con gente muy cálida y definitivamente realizaremos más tours con Aventuras Naturales...


Carolina Servigna y Jose Faria.




September 6, Pacuare 3 days

Everything was First Class. The people were very friendly and helpful. The food was amazing. We had a superb time and will have no problem either returning or recommending it to our friends. Cheers to Kurt & Carlitos for the rafting, Mario for the canopy trip and everyone else at the lodge. Thank you.

Jamie Storrow

Toronto , Ontario


September 20,


It was our extreme pleasure to work with you and Adventuras Naturales. If you ever need a family as a recommendation, please feel free to use us!!





September 21, Pacuare 2 days

Time of my life!!! The staff was so Knowledgeable, friendly and FUN. We loved the Pacuare Lodge – so pristine and beautiful (thank you for the honeymoon suite!) – and the rafting was a thrill. The food was a real highlight!! Amazing chefs – We will remember this forever.

Amy Leinbach

Veston, VA


September 27, Tortuguero


I just wanted to tell you that you did a wonderful job organizing our vacation. We had a fantastic time. The only difficulty that we encountered had nothing to do with you, but something to do with a hurricane called Rita. Instead of our planned flight to Houston on Saturday, we ended up taking an entirely different flight to Atlanta , GA and then driving 10 hours to our home in Louisiana . The planning and execution of this did unfortunately not allow us to appreciate the amenities of Hotel Don Carlos very much other than the free internet access.


I was really amazed at the coordination that you have in the tours such that we could be dropped off by one guide and picked up by another in a matter of minutes. I was also thoroughly amazed by the Pachira Lodge. Having a setup like that in the jungle was fantastic. Althogh I told my travelling companions that the whole tour was the work of Aventuras Naturales and yourself, they are still giving me high marks for putting together such a tour. I think I may now be committed to producing adventure tours on a regular basis.

Dan Leduc

writing from the shores of Rigolette Bayou in central Louisiana , USA


October 2, Pacuare 2 days

I have been recommending this lodge to my clients for some time now without ever having been. The trip lived up to all of my expectations and more – fun organized, safe and a very unique experience!! With pleasure I will be delighted to continue in promoting this lodge to my clients in the future.

Debbie Warboys

C.A.S.T Escazu, Costa Rica


October 3, Pacuare 2 days

Simply Amazing!

Not only was the rafting adventure incredible, the guys working could not have been nicer, more helpful, caring and quick to correct the most minor problem. They made the trip unforgettable with their knowledge, kindness and true desire to make sure the group had an amazing time. All the guys were great but special thanks to Esdras, Kurt & Alex. We will recommend this trip to our guests.

Chris Bybee

Ciudad Colon , Costa Rica


October 3, Pacuare 2 days

The entire crew was so professional and fun! We felt taken care of and safe at all times! The Pacuare Lodge is so beautiful and special, Kurt, our naturalist guide was amazing and so were our raft guys, Esdrus and Alex. Thank you for the wonderful days and for keeping up the quality and your dedication to being the best! We recommend you on our web site (www.thecanyonhouse)!


Santa Ana , Costa Rica


October 4, Pacuare 1 day

From start to finish, we had an amazing time: Pepe was friendly and warm, knowledgeable and professional. Thanks for a really special experience. Next time we will do an overnight trip, and there will definitely be a next time.

Jill Laufer

Oakland , CA


October 4, Pacuare 1 day

This was my 5th Trip with your company & each time it gets better.

Bob Moore

Huntington Beach , CA


October 4, Pacuare 2 days

Desde el transporte, el embarque, el pernocte hasta la segunda etapa de hoy , todo el servicio ha sido increíble. Muy profesional, excelente los servicios del lodge y al llegar a la base, excelente la comida del lodge, de Jorge nos encantó 10 puntos para el ….,también para Laura y Mario Felicitaciones por una labor super profesional atentos a todo momento con nosotros y con indicaciones clarísimas para …e el Río, muy agradecido he impactado por la belleza del lugar y la calidez de la gente. (www.thecanyonhouse)!

Pablo Sanchez

Catalunya, España


October 6, Pacuare 2 days

I have travelled all over this country this past month and the experience provided by Costa Rica Nature Adventures was superior in every way. The thrill of the rapids, the untouched nature, and the kindness and knowledge of the guides are amazing.

Matt Solis

Ledgewood , NJ


October 6, Pacuare 3 days

I was truly impressed with the professional organization of this tour. The scenery and lodge facilities were enough to impress but the service in this wonderful natural habitat was impeccable. The friendly staff; gourmet food; professional guide; enchanting honeymoon suite was more than we expected. We left for a simple white-water rafting trip and left totally mesmerized. Thank you for such a wonderful end to our honeymoon.

Johanne Picard Scott

New York , NY


October 7, Pacuare 2 days

La verdad que fue una experiencia muy Hermosa. Desde que subimos al carro por donde nos pasaron a buscar hasta ahora solo hemos pasado momentos inolvidables. El lugar es un paraíso, los guías muy sociables y profesionales al mismo tiempo. La calidad de las comidas y la presentación de los platos por el chef eran un sueño. El primer día almorcé tanto que después no me pude ni mover. Bueno, les agradezco muchísimo todo esto y espero poder regresar algún día.

Berkunsky Maya

Tandil, Argentina


October 7, Pacuare 2 days

The facility is like you stepped into a Paradise . It was indescribably beautiful & peaceful. The nature hike with Kurt was so interesting & beautiful & the raft tour was so much fun. We will be back.

Gilbert & Cynthia Mayfield

Las Vegas , Nevada


November 6, Pacuare 2 days

The tour was amazing. The guide Esteban exceeded everyone of our expectations. We had a wonderful time with fun chatting and rafting. The facilities were way above our expectations as well. The rooms were beautiful and tranquil and I can’t say enough about the food, it was incredible. We had a wonderful time and would definitely return.

Christina R. Crain

Woodland Park , CO


November 6, Pacuare 2 days

Both guides Mario and Andres were very thorough with directions on how to river raft. I felt entirely safe with both of them the entire time. My favourite guides were Jorge & Luis (canopy tour). Luis was so sweet and patient with me as I am a bit clumsy. Jorge was possibly the best guide of the entire trip, not only extremely knowledgeable about Costa Rica , but told us great stories about his personal life & lives of Costa Ricans. Thank you to everyone for the wonderful information trip that you gave to us. We shall be back!

Erin Braley

San Francisco , CA


November 7, Pacuare 2 days

This is my second time down the Pacuare. What an incredible experience! Not only did we encounter some great rapids but our guide explained the biology and geography of the river valley throughout the trip. The accommodations and food were fantastic. I wholeheartedly recommend this trip to anyone who wants to experience the wild side of Costa Rica . Pura Vida!

Finn Pedersen

Calgary, AB


November 7, Pacuare 1 day

Todo estuvo estupendo!! Un equipo formidable y una organización perfecta. Nos gustó un montón! Era la primera vez que hicimos rafting (Angelo y yo) y estamos ya pensando en volver!

Muchas gracias por todo.

Natalie Mateos











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